Pierre Rabhi Documentaries

Tonight on French TV: ‘Pierre Rabhi – Les Clés du paradigme…‘ – a documentary about Pierre Rhabi, which will also talk about what he exchanges with Marion Cotillard.
France 5, March 15, 2013 9.30pm and March 17, 2013 7.45am

There’s also the documentary ‘Pierre Rabhi – au nom de la terre‘ (Official Facebook) coming to French theatres on March 27. No idea if it features Marion Cotillard or not.

Own 'Rust and Bone' on DVD & Blu-ray

Rust and Bone‘ has been available to buy on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK since February 25. These are the extras:

– Audio Commentary with Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain and Arnaud Calistri
– Making of Rust and Bone
– The Special Effects of Rust and Bone
– Deleted Scenes
– Trailer

There’s also a 2-disc exclusive edition, available for a limited time only at Sainsbury’s which includes these additional extras:

– Exclusive UK Interviews with Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
– Exclusive BAFTA Q&A with Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jacques Audiard

Also, as of next Tuesday, March 19, it will be available on DVD, Blu-ray as well as Movies On Demand in the US. Extras on the US DVD & Blu-ray include:

– Commentary with director Jacques Audiard and writer of the screenplay Thomas Bidegain
– Making of Rust and Bone
– Making Of’s Making of by Mikros
– On the Red Carpet: Toronto Film Festival
– Deleted scenes

I also added 3 additional gorgeous stills and the DVD & Blu-ray artwork to the gallery:

003 De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Stills
004 De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) – 2012 > Artwork

French connection

French connection

Actress, mother, environmental campaigner – Marion Cotillard is a woman of many facets.

With her long legs curled under her on a couch, huge soft eyes and heart-shaped face, the film character Marion Cotillard most immediately resembles is Bambi. It’s not an impression that lasts long, however. Cotillard, whose riveting performance as a drug-addicted Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose won her an Oscar in 2008 and paved her way to Hollywood, has steel underneath a faun-like sweetness.

Watching her new film Rust and Bone, in which she plays a marine-park trainer who loses her legs to a rampaging orca, a New York Times critic described her as “an actress of limitless bravery and supernatural poise, who is both beauty and beast”.

“I definitely have strength,” the 34-year-old said in response. “It would be a long conversation on how strength is manifested in yourself, but … I don’t think there’s one thing I can think about that could put me down.”

In the end, that’s what you remember about her, more than her beauty or glamour: the grit, determination and indomitable work ethic that have fuelled her career. Because although her role as Piaf put her in the limelight, she had already made her move on Hollywood; she had roles in Tim Burton’s Big Fish and in Ridley Scott’s A Good Year, opposite Russell Crowe.

After La Vie en Rose, she worked furiously on speaking English with a Chicago accent for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (“I was more than nervous, every day”), on singing and dancing for Rob Marshall’s Nine and on the imaginative leaps and bounds required for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. She rejoined Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises, playing girlfriend to the Caped Crusader. From barely speaking English to Batman’s girl in five moves: it doesn’t get much more Hollywood than that.

At home, however, she is just as famous for being half of the couple dubbed “France’s Brangelina”. When La Vie en Rose took the world by storm, the cameras began to follow Cotillard, at least to the public venues allowed to them by the France’s strict privacy laws. She was eventually snapped at an airport kissing Guillaume Canet.

Canet was a director, actor, all-round heart-throb and her friend of at least seven years’ standing, who had been divorced just a year earlier from German actress Diane Kruger; audiences may remember him from his role in The Beach, where he became mates with Leonardo DiCaprio.

As it turned out, the pair had been seeing each other for several months, and nearly five years on they have a son, Marcel, who is almost two. Since that kiss-and-fly slip, however, they have avoided the cameras.

When Cotillard starred in a film directed by Canet called Little White Lies, they did joint interviews with the strict stipulation that there must be no questions about their domestic life. At red-carpet events, they would turn up separately. As for baby pictures, no chance. We know more about Cotillard’s bank account – she is said to be worth US$15 million – than we do about life chez Guillaume.

One thing that is fairly clear is that they don’t live the kind of life you might expect for stars of that calibre. Every now and then, they are snapped shopping or having a coffee in a bar, like any other Parisian.

It isn’t easy, she says, to keep things simple. “It’s a paradox to be an actress – living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still try to respect the environment.”

This is Cotillard’s second life: she is one of France’s most prominent eco-warriors. For more than a decade she has been closely associated with Greenpeace – not merely as a figurehead, but as a film-maker. In 2010 she went to the Congo to make a series of videos, distributed online, about the destruction of forests, and the lives of the people who live in them, by logging companies. She tramped through jungles, slept in village huts and addressed the camera with a face scrubbed clean of stardom.

“For a pack of smokes and a few beers you can gain the right to cut down the trees, so through the first days of my trip the problem seemed really dark,” she told Nicole Kidman in an exchange recorded for Interview magazine. “But when I started talking to people, I realised that they want to get their power back. That made me feel like there was hope to make things right.”

Kidman recalls that on the set of Nine, it was Cotillard who insisted that they set up a system for recycling, a commitment she traces to childhood holidays in Brittany at her grandmother’s house when her parents, who were both in the theatre, were working. “When my grandmother cooked, she wouldn’t waste anything. And my parents always raised me to believe the most important thing was respect. Respect the place you live, be aware of the impact you have on things.”

It is an awareness that was tested by her encounters with orcas for Rust and Bone. Her character Stephanie is a cold fish herself, prickly with her peers and living disagreeably with a man she doesn’t much like. The best part of her life is lived in water with the caged whales. When the director Jacques Audiard gave Cotillard the script, she says, she loved it immediately. The fact that her character worked in a marine park, however, was a real stumbling block.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is something I cannot do,'” she says. “I cannot be in this environment. I’m not comfortable with captivity and the first day of the shoot, this came back to me, that the orcas were not like animals any more, they were like toys, like ducks in the bathtub.” The fact that a wild animal would flip over on command in return for a piece of fish appalled her.

Her opinion of performing animals hasn’t changed. But she was moved by the commitment of their trainers. “Those people are passionate about what they do. I can’t stand marine parks, but the people who work there love the animals.” Her own experience was transformed by an encounter with a killer whale. Rather than keep to the routine, she was encouraged to make her own gestures and the orca responded to her. “I decided to wave and she would wave back, I tickled her nose and she would make bubbles. She reacted to everything.”

In fact there were two orcas; the first one reacted badly to the lights and camera “and she went mad at me and screamed, with her jaws wide open. I got really scared.” But of course, says Cotillard, the orca was behaving as what she was: a wild animal.

The force of Cotillard’s performance in Rust and Bone is extraordinary. In the moment when Stephanie wakes up to discover she has had both legs amputated, we see a surge of emotions cascade across her face; then a period of something like catatonia sets in.

To prepare for the role, Cotillard watched footage of amputees to see how they moved. “Then I thought I didn’t need that. [I can] experience it with the character because it’s just happened to her and she doesn’t know, either. There was nothing more to do than be on the set and work. The complexity is in the emotional layers of the character.”

Rust and Bone is a romance, albeit a very spiky, difficult one; Stephanie becomes embroiled with Ali, a bouncer played by the Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who is trying to scrape together money in illegal bare-knuckle fights. Ali, she soon discovers, is the only person who is utterly unembarrassed by her mutilation. There is a lot of charged sex in Rust and Bone, something Cotillard usually finds uncomfortable.

“That was very different on this movie because it’s a very important part of the story. But it’s also something that happens in her life that made me so happy for her,” she says.

In general, she says, sex scenes are much harder than, say, dying. “I hate it. It’s very intimate and very hard to imagine how a person would have sex. Kissing is already something very powerful. You feel something; it’s already intense. It cannot be your way, otherwise it would be super-uncomfortable. But, you know, everyone has a way to make sex, so a character does, too.”

Marcel was only five months-old when the film was shot. “He was a tiny little baby who needed me entirely, not me and my work,” she recalls. Her way of working, which, on La Vie en Rose, meant living with Piaf every waking hour, had to change.

“I was wondering how it would be, because Stephanie is so intense and sometimes my son couldn’t be on set because it was too much. But most of the time he was there.

“I know I can go deep inside a character, but I know how to get out of it. When you have to go back, because there is someone who is more important than anything, it’s different. It’s crazy, it’s … ” – she fishes for an expression to cover motherhood – ” it’s rock and roll! But it’s amazing, too.”

Now, as someone who has been acting almost all her life – she was a child when she first trod the boards in one of her father’s plays – she wonders if she wants to give herself over to it for good.

Other things could claim her: the forest of the Congo as well as motherhood. “Nothing can ever be taken for granted in this métier,” she mused recently.” It makes you very exposed and that can be violent.

“I’m strong but also fragile, and sometimes it’s not easy to be exposed to judgment and to play with your emotions; to go searching inside yourself, to make yourself naked to the world.”

Rust and Bone is in cinemas on March 28.

MTV Movie Awards Nomination: Best Villain

The nominations for this year’s MTV Movie Awards are out! Marion Cotillard scored a nomination as Best Villain for her role as Miranda Tate in ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘:

Best Villain
In celebration of bad character, the award for Best Villain goes to the provocateur with the most toxic intentions.

Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained

Marion Cotillard – The Dark Knight Rises
Marion Cotillard embodies the delightfully deceptive Miranda Tate, a shady super villainess with a powerful, plot-twisting secret.

Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hiddleston – The Avengers

Go to the MTV Site to watch a clip and vote for her!

Marion Cotillard Talks Rust And Bone

Marion Cotillard Talks Rust And Bone

FOR most people, playing a young woman who has her legs amputated isn’t the easiest of film roles to take on, but Marion Cotillard says that she had the perfect distraction from the intensity of her Rust and Bone character.

“I was a new mum when we were filming – my son was five months old – and he needed me,” she told us. “I wanted to spend time with him and put him to bed. He wasn’t sleeping through the night at that stage. I honestly think I reached the point of exhaustion while I was making that film.”

But, in fact, her newborn was an asset to Cotillard in helping her get into her role of Stéphanie – a whale-trainer who endures a tragic accident.

“I was so tired-looking and drained that when I arrived on set I didn’t need any make-up to make me look ill and miserable,” she said. “The make-up artist would just look at me and say: ‘I think you’re good to go.’ It sounds horrible, but I loved that character so much. It was very easy to get into the physical state that she was in. If anything, it was quite exciting.”

The Oscar-winning actress was drawn to the film because of its “unusual and unconventional script” and because of its director, French-born Jacques Audiard, who also created BAFTA-winning film The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

“It was always a dream of mine to work with him,” she said. “And you don’t get that many female characters written in so much depth and who feel so powerful. I fell in love with the whole package.”

She hopes that the film challenges traditional perceptions of disability.

“I can’t tell you hard it was to try and show what it is to wake to find out your legs just aren’t there anymore,” she said. “The strength it must take to decide that you can’t be sad forever and life can be beautiful again – it’s almost unimaginable.”

Rust and Bone is available on DVD now.

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